Which Smart Smoke Detector Is Right for Your Home?
Which Smart Smoke Detector Is Best for You?
Smoke alarms are an effective way to prevent a home fire and the damage and cleanup that follows, but they can be inconvenient. What if a smoke alarm is sounding at home, but you’re at the grocery store or on vacation? While a standard smoke detector works if you’re in the house, smart smoke detection systems send a push notification to your phone or tablet to let you know within seconds that a home detector has been triggered. Which of these new smart systems is best option for home fire safety?
Switch out your standard smoke detectors with internet-connected ones and you’ll be notified when any alarm goes off. This can be a pricier option, but it offers several advantages:
- Allows you to turn off false alarms from your phone or tablet
- Notifies when you need to replace a battery (no more chirping!)
- Scans for carbon monoxide, depending on the model
If you have a larger home, the cost of switching out every detector may be a little too much. Consider starting out with a smart listener device. This nifty gadget scans for the frequency of your smoke alarm and sends you a notification when it hears that frequency. While you won’t be able to silence the smoke detector remotely, a listener should provide coverage for a whole floor of your house and multiple detectors in one (smart) go.
The most cost-effective solution, a smart battery connects to your Wi-Fi and sends you a notification when the smoke detector it’s connected to is triggered. With a lifespan of around five years, you won’t need to replace one often, and these batteries send a notification when they are running low. Unlike with a listener device, you can turn off the alarm remotely by deactivating the battery.
Fire safety is no small matter. Whether you’re replacing every smoke alarm with a smart upgrade or you just want to try out a new system, these options can ensure your Bullard, TX, home’s safety from afar.